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Forester Potter
and Dora Elkins

Forester Potter and Dora Elkins Holding Son, Ben Potter - Photos and Information on This Page From Phyllis Potter Roberts and Hazel Potter Thompson
Forester Potter (aka Forster) b 11 May 1903 KY d 17 Mar 1966 Letcher Co KY; buried Maggard Cemetery, Partridge, Letcher Co KY; (died of self inflicted gunshot wound); s/o Benjamin Potter and Mary Polly Hall. Forester Potter m. Dora Elkins b 12 Sept 1898 d 17 Mar 1966 Letcher Co KY; age 67; buried Maggard Cemetery, Partridge, Letcher Co KY; (died of murdered by shotgun wound from murder suicide by husband); d/o Thomas J Elkins and Sarah Sallie Rutherford. Children of Forester Potter and Dora Elkins;

1. Ben Potter b 11 May 1921 d 8 Nov 2003; buried Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Fort Pierce, FL; m. Ellen Susie Anna Stewart b 30 Jun 1925 d 19 Apr 1995; buried Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Fort Pierce, FL; d/o Harlan McLellan Stewart and Ester "Easter" Stewart.

2. Stanley "Doodger" Potter b 1922 KY

3. Hazel Potter b 16 Jul 1926 Jackhorn KY d 24 Jun 1951 Jackhorn, Letcher Co KY; age 24 years 11 months 18 days; of pulmonary tuberculosis; buried Maggard Cemetery, Cumberland River, KY; m. (1) to Male Fields. Child of Male Fields and Hazel Potter;

i. Evelyna Fields b 19 Feb 1943 Letcher Co KY

Hazel Potter m. (2) Luther Crawford. Children of Luther Crawford and Hazel Potter;

i. Grover "P Bob" Crawford b 3 Jun 1949 d 9 Feb 1953; age 3 of tuberculosis meningitis; St. Joseph's Hospital, Lexington, Fayette Co KY; buried: Removal, Neon KY Cemetery or Crematory.

ii. Harold G Crawford b 1949 Letcher Co KY

4. Ford Potter b 1924 KY

5. Irine Potter b 4 Jun 1925 KY; m. John Fields b 15 Jul 1917 d 10 Jan 1991. Children of John Fields and Irine Potter;

i. Bernice Fields b 12 Jun 1943

ii. Jack Fields b 19 May 1945

iii. Johnny Fields b 14 Aug 1949

iv. Dora Fields b 15 Jul 1951; m. Roscoe Perry. Child of Roscoe Perry and Dora Fields; I. Candie Leigh Perry; m. Male Looney

6. Dock Potter b 4 Mar 1930 KY; m. 6 Apr 1929 to Elsie Mullins b 6 Apr 1929. Dock Potter m. 18 Apr 1986 Wise Co VA to (3) Patricia Edwards Slone b 18 May 1951; d/o Austin Edwards and Ruth Lynch.

7. Dora Lee Potter b 1935 KY d 7 Apr 1954 Thornton, Letcher Co KY; m. Homer Boggs. Child of Homer Boggs and Dora Lee Potter;

i. Josephine Boggs b 3 Feb 1954 KY d 20 Oct 2018; m. James Cupp. Children of James Cupp and Josephine Boggs; I. Tina Cupp; m. William Smith II. Jennifer Cupp

8. Astor Potter (f) b 1936 KY; m. Homer Boggs. Children of Homer Boggs and Astor Potter;

9. Ernest Potter b 24 Apr 1937 KY; m. Betty Collier d Apr 2004. Ernest Potter m. Unknown.

10. Sarah Lee Potter b 24 Apr 1937 KY died at birth


1930 Letcher Co KY Census Millstone District 0025
240 246 Potter Ben Jr. Head M W 25 M 18 KY KY KY Coal Mines Coal Miner
240 246 Potter Froney Wife H F W 24 M 17 KY KY KY
240 246 Potter Myrtle Daughter F W 5 S KY KY KY
240 246 Potter Linvill Son M W 4 2/12 S KY KY KY
240 246 Potter John Son M W 2 1/12 S KY KY KY

241 247 Potter Forester Head M W 27 M 19 Ky Ky KY Saw Mill Ben Potter Sr.
241 247 Potter Dora Wife H F W 30 M 20 KY KY KY
241 247 Potter Ben Son M W 10 S KY KY KY
241 247 Potter Saney (Stanley) Son M W 8 S KY KY KY
241 247 Potter Irene Daughter F W 5 S KY KY KY
241 247 Potter Hazel Daughter F W 2 3/12 S KY KY KY
241 247 Potter Dock Son M W 6/12 S KY KY KY

Information for this family submitted by Phyllis Potter Roberts and Hazel Potter Thompson on 2 Mar 2010 by phone and by email.


Obituary: Josephine Boggs Cupp
3 Feb 1954 - 20 Oct 2018

Josephine Cupp, age 64, passed away October 20, 2018. She was born on February 3, 1954 in Kentucky to the late Dora Potter and Homer Boggs. She moved to Ohio when she was 8 years old and was a graduate of Barberton High School. Josephine provided daycare services in the community and was a devoted foster mother for many animals. She enjoyed raising funds to help local shelters and the humane society.

Preceded in death by her parents and grandmother, Julia Rose.

Survived by her loving husband and high school sweetheart, James; daughters, Tina (William) Smith and Jennifer Cupp; grandchildren, Alyssa Lay, William Jr. (Diem), Tiffany, Natasha (GeQuan) Smith; great-grandchildren, Kaiden Smith and Kyrie Fletcher.

The family will receive friends, Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 1:00-3:00pm at Cox - McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. Funeral services will follow at 3:00pm at Cox - McNulty Funeral Home. Donations may be made in Josephine's name to Humane Society of Summit County.


Article in the Mt Eagle
Thursday, 24 Mar 1966
Five Letcher Youths
Killed In Crash

Five boys, all residents of the Ulvah area, were killed instantly about 11:30 p. m. Saturday, March 26, when their car crashed into a bridge and overturned into Rockhouse Creek. The accident occurred at the second of the "Twin Bridges" on Ky. Highway 7 near Letcher. The car caught fire after the crash. Four of the youths were students at Letcher High School. The fifth had graduated from the school last year. The boys were believed to be returning from a movie when the accident occurred.

Dead are: Don Crase, a junior at Letcher High School, son of James Crase. He was 16. His mother is dead. George Dixon, 18, a senior at Letcher High, son of Orville and Mary Dixon. Jerry Lee Caudill, 16, a senior at Letcher High and a son of James A. and Lovel Caudill. Douglas Ison, 17, a junior at Letcher High and a son of McClellan and Imogene Ison. Donald Halcomb, 18, a 1965 graduate of Letcher High and a son of Luther and Nora Halcomb.

The bodies of young Crase and Dixon were taken to the Moore and Craft Funeral Home. The bodies of Caudill, Ison and Halcomb were taken to the Blair Funeral Home. The body of Dixon will be returned to the family residence Monday morning and funeral service for him will be held at 10 a. m. Tuesday. Funeral arrangements for Crase are incomplete pending arrival of a brother from Vietnam. The bodies of Caudill, Ison and Halcomb were returned to their parents homes Sunday afternoon. Funeral arrangements had not been completed at that time.

The accident was the second multiple death in Letcher County within three days. On Thursday night, at about 7:40 p. m., Forester Potter and Dora Potter died of shotgun wounds at their home at Mayking near the State Highway Department garage. The office of Sheriff Maynard Hogg said Potter apparently shot his wife and then killed himself. Funeral services for them were held Sunday.


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